ByKatherine Cobb

Mar 25, 2023

Fifty, Four Ways

 Author's Profile + Interview + Book Profile / by Katherine Cobb / 101 views

What happens to four middle-aged baseball moms when Fifty Shades of Grey hurtles into their lives?

They get hotter than a pack of June brides.

Resolving their hunger is easier said than done—and the four are soon catapulted into assessing their sex lives, desires and satisfaction with their husbands. Kelli feels neglected by her preoccupied spouse. Mel struggles to overcome her issues in the bedroom. Candy suspects her shallow husband is cheating. Lynn wants to take things to a kinkier level but her mate needs convincing.

Told from each woman’s perspective, you’ll experience what they do firsthand—including that delicious peek behind closed doors!

Will they succeed in fulfilling their own desires, or will the very foundations of their marriages be at risk?

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  • 8. What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?: I am not a genre writer. I write across genres and categories, so I have several things in the works:

    I'm about to release a suspenseful domestic thriller, LITTLE WIFE LIES, about love gone wrong from a young couple whose relationship implodes in the span of a year.

    Next up: A second chance romance...and I actually have several ideas for more of these; it's my favorite romance trope.

    I have a compelling nonfiction project in progress about marriage. People can visit my website if they're interested in finding out more or participating.

    I also have a couple of children's books I've finished but need illustrating.
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  • Awards, reviews, press releases, and other relevant information: Editorial Reviews of Fifty, Four Ways

    If you enjoy novels about women who are finding themselves again, women who are easily relatable to any reader, and a novel about marriage, sex, and finding happiness (even if their lives seems perfect to the outside eye), then this is a must read for you!
    —Elle's Book Blog

    I loved all the characters but the four main women were true stars, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Also, I loved how they each started reading the series with the same expectations, but they took away different lessons. There was a lot of character growth, with a touch of drama. Fifty, Four Ways is more interesting than Sex and the City and ten times more interesting than the series that inspired it! Katherine Cobb is a wonderful, funny author.
    —Online Book Club

    Steamy in its own right, Fifty, Four Ways starts out with four women who bond over a shared interest in the Fifty Shades of Gray book series, yet their own personal stories come into play between the lines and scenarios that made Gray the sensual hit it is. ...all four give us their own perspective, offering the reader a deeper and more honest take on what can happen when the edges of fantasy begin to blur within the realm of reality. Nothing said was veiled or shy. There are plenty of moments ... that are steamy and hot and would easily push some outside of their comfort zones, which is what I appreciated most about the novel. While most of us are content to live within our own wild imaginations, we're given a chance to live vicariously through Kelli, Mel, Candy, and Lynn. There are realistic reactions from their spouses, only adding to the depth of the story and the characters within it. ...with good forward momentum, the story never lagged and kept me more than interested... It's a strong, sexy, empowering story- one worth reading!
    —Sarah Steven, Chicklit Central
  • Genre: Women's fiction
  • Titles of All Books: FICTION
    Fifty, Four Ways
    Little Wife Lies (coming in 2023)

    Break Out The Dawn, a Pandemic Twilight Parody

    Weeza's Great Escape

    The Self-Loathing Project
    It Is What It Is, A Sampling of My Favorite Columns
    Panhandle Portraits
  • 1. Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?: I loved reading from an early age, and have remained an avid reader through life. My father used to read to my brother and me when we were young, and was so animated in the process that it only helped us engage in the story more. Escaping into the stories was so fun!
  • 2. At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?: I started reading on my own in elementary school and also became a library member. I loved how many books were available for all readers of all ages. The library was a smorgasbord of books and stories of all kinds, and I'm so grateful they were accessible to me. I could walk to the local library, which made it easy to always have a book to read.
  • 3. What was the first book you loved reading? Why?: The first books I remember loving were the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series, which I check out from the library. She was such an interesting character and had a unique way of solving the issues and bad habits many kids face. The book I most loved that I owned myself was Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume. I adored her books, and how relatable this one was, in particular, for a girl my age.
  • 4. When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?: By the time I was a young adult, I was already thinking how much I yearned to become a writer of books. After reading The Promise by Danielle Steele, I felt it was something I could do. I had already penned a number of short stories by that time, and while in college, I took creative writing. Between the feedback I received and my own tug at the calling, I knew that was my destiny.
  • 5. What was the greatest obstacle you've encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?: The biggest obstacles to writing fiction was having zero training. Yes, I knew how to write a sentence. But I had no real sense aside from reading a zillion books how to structure a story, plot one out, make every scene matter, understand character arcs and development, etc. My first novel took ten years and three tries, and while I love it for all it stands for, it was like birthing a baby backward!
  • Author's Name: Katherine Cobb
  • 6. What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?: 1. Write, and write a lot, even if it's not great.

    2. Study craft. You need to understand how stories are told and how to tell yours better.

    3. If you seek representation, just know it's really, really hard now because millions of authors are pitching agents. You can also self-publish, and that comes with its own arduous tasks if you want people to find your book(s). This is not a business for the faint of heart. Once you write the book, there's a long road ahead of you to become successful, so be prepared!

    4. Read a lot of books. It will help broaden your perspectives, provide learning opportunities and bonus: it's fun!
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  • 7. Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence in your own writing? Why?: A number of books made me feel like I could join this circus—and that was inspiring. Other books make me feel like I should hang it up! Regardless, I have a voice and I am called to this in the most profound way. I think if you're a writer, you know it. That said...Judy Blume made me realize you could write something that helped the reader relate, and feel less alone. This mattered to me, and still does. Most of my books provide opportunities for the reader to relate, to reflect, to think about our shared humanity, and to feel connected.
  • About the Author: Katherine Briganti Cobb hails from California's Bay Area but currently resides in the mid-Atlantic. She writes fiction, nonfiction and picture books. Her award-winning editorial column won first place for Best Lifestyle Columnist by the West Virginia Press Association, she's contributed to numerous publications, and one of her short stories was published in the 2009 Anthology of Appalachian Writers. Readers can connect to the author through her website at
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